Day 29 | the one where i say “holy canon camera!”

©KatShotsPhotography, 2008

Flashback: 2008

Thornhill, ON. April, 2008 :: in between the hundred and one chores and just trying to make life work, i still try my best to squeeze in the grab-camera-and-snap-away-at-the-kids routine. it’s a strong pull.  stronger than the pull to the laundry room.  i follow it because it makes me happy.  
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Day 28 | That Everyday Magic, A Guest Post

©KatShots Photography
“what should have been chocolate brownies”

This is the full, unabridged version of the article.  Thanks, Jie, for sharing it with me! – CP

That Everyday Magic
(Note: this is going to be on a more personal level since the subject happens to be this writer’s classmate since Kindergarten)
 
KatShots Photography is a product of Chiqui Pineda. Familiar name, you say. This person was born in Davao City, made her way to Manila as a college student and became a professional singer, joined a noontime TV show, launched the immortal song “How Did You Know?” still being sung in videoke bars, and performed brilliantly in the lauded musical Rama at Sita.  It is the same person who chose to slip away from the limelight to settle quietly in Toronto, Canada with her family. Being the artist that she is, she opted to explore another passion close to the heart.

Day 27 | Tickled Picture-Perfectly Pink!

It’s a very exciting day at KatShots Photography today…and I have a feeling for the rest of the month!

All because of this feature in the Manila Bulletin’s Picture Perfect for today, May 28, 2013.  An excerpt ~

When Chiqui Pineda, the voice behind the famous song “How Did You Know,” decided to slip away from the limelight to settle quietly in Toronto, Canada, she opted to explore another passion close to her heart – photography. 
In the same way she tackled her singing career and as a theater performer (Rama at Sita), photography for this native of Davao City was self-taught as she was the family’s official photographer at a young age during special occasions. Chiqui has attended various workshops in Toronto and back in Manila, shadowed and observed photographer friends in action, read tons of materials, and browsed through websites.  Eventually she put up KatShots Photography based in Canada.  

For the rest of the article, please click HERE. 
Ms. Jojie Alcantara, an excellent artist*, freelance writer and award-winning  photographer for almost all the major publications in the Philippines and around the globe and most importantly, my classmate since Kindergarten gave me a most delicious compliment and mega-validation as a photographer!  She asked to feature me as Photographer of the Week for her column!  My YES couldn’t have been more resounding.  Echo jud siya hangtod Davao City…abot saTagum pa!  😀

Thank you kayo, dai!  Like I said, it’s a birthday-mother’s day-christmas all rolled into one kind of day!!!
Grateful and ticked perfectly pink.
Picture-picture,
Chiqui*Kat
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Day 23 | The Gigil Group | Throwback Thursday

Gigilesque #1 | 2008

Tim Horton’s
12:56PM

It’s Throwback Thursday and I’m jumping in.

The photos in this blogpost make me so very happy.  They’re from a time when the kids were still crazy about mommy’s big camera and her gigil kind of attention.  A time when they didn’t know words like “You can let go of my hand now, Mom.”

Just in case you’re in the same strange Tween Town or *gasp*, in the dark and often dreary Teen City.  Or perhaps barely survived it and you’d like a moment to reminisce about the good old days of Cuteness and Cuddles as I am now.  I get all teary looking at these babies of mine.  They’re growing up at warp-speed and into a different kind of species altogether.Continue Reading